[PATCH] Add sched_clock to AT91 TCB clocksource driver

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at arm.linux.org.uk
Mon Aug 1 15:48:09 EDT 2011

On Mon, Aug 01, 2011 at 08:08:19PM +0200, Remy Bohmer wrote:
> Hi,
> > You're forgetting that jiffies doesn't jump about.  A late initializing
> > sched_clock could jump.
> Agreed. Currently the jiffies based clock does not move at all, thus
> it surely does not jump... ;-)
> >> Anyway, do you have a better suggestion how to fix this? The tcb
> >> clocksource is loaded during a arch_initcall(), perhaps we need
> >> something before that point.
> >> I do not see an easy way to integrate it in MACHINE_START(.timer).
> >> Would 'late_time_init' be a better solution?
> >
> > late_time_init() is not that much better as that still happens after
> > sched_init() has been called.  sched_init() initializes various
> > structures which involves reading sched_clock().
> But late_time_init does it before the sched_clock is declared stable.
> Until that point sched_clock will always return zero, as such we can
> IMHO safely assume that the scheduler is designed such that it can
> handle fixed zero timestamps for a while.

You're confused.

If you provide your own sched_clock(), that's what is used by everyone
who calls sched_clock() both before and after sched_clock_init() has
been called.

sched_clock_cpu() and cpu_clock() both will return zero up until
sched_clock_init() has been called, but sched_clock() itself may not.

And these parts of the scheduler I'm talking about use sched_clock()
itself, not sched_clock_cpu() nor cpu_clock().

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